I Photograph Birds in My Backyard by Setting Up Stages


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Last year I joined my local photography club. The club holds regular competitions and I was amazed by the quality of the bird and wildlife photographs. I’ve never been much of a natural history photographer. So it’s not surprising that my own photographs did very poorly in competitions.

In particular, a judge criticized a woodpecker photograph that I submitted because it was clearly on a bird feeder. “Hand of man!” he said as he dismissed my attempt.

A not-very-natural natural history photograph. Photography judges don’t like to see birds on garden feeders.

But this piqued my interest. I wondered

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A Look at Creating 360° VR Content for Clients


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The first 2.5 months of the 2019 year were filled with excitement, learning, stress, editing, headache, more learning, and more editing as I dove in head-first to creating a 360° VR promo video for a client. This is a look into its creation and how it’s done.

I knew the new year would come with new opportunities and new experiences, but I didn’t expect that just 1 week after New Years I would be told I had 2 weeks to create a 360° VR promo video for the construction company that does nationwide remodels of companies like McDonald’s, Starbucks,

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Shooting a Steeplechase Horse Race


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Jamey Price is a freelance motorsport photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina, but he shoots way more than cars racing. Here’s a 6-minute video in which Price takes us behind-the-scenes of shooting a steeplechase horse race at Queen’s Cup in Charlotte.

Filmed and produced by Austin Gager, the short film is chapter 2 of Price’s FRAMES series of videos showing how he works. Chapter 1 was a look at how a motorsport photographer covers a 24-hour endurance race.

The video above explains the ins and outs of steeplechase horse race photography, a niche that Price has a deep personal

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The Art of Lighting Porsche Racecars


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Photographing a Porsche is a special experience for me, as I am a racing fan, and Porsche is racing. They are the essence of speed on the curving tracks they have graced around the world, and on a photo shoot, they are just as incredible sitting still. It is for this and many other reasons that I count myself lucky to stand behind the camera while photographing the art pieces that are Porsche racecars.

Today I wanted to show some that you may have seen before, as well as some that have not been shown until now. Each car is

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Shooting the Stars in Light-Polluted Singapore with the Huawei P30 Pro


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The moment I had been waiting for finally arrived exactly 49 days after I got my Huawei P30 Pro. This is one of my final tests for the phone after shooting the Milky Way handheld and a meter. So what’s the big deal about this test? Because photographing the Milky Way in Singapore with a DSLR was deemed impossible by many astrophotography veterans here just 5 years ago.

When I did photograph the Milky Way over Singapore back in 2014, many commented that my images were Photoshopped. And recently, some commenters apparently didn’t think it’s possible to shoot the

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How I Shot My Own Wildlife Short Film for Less Than $100


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As a true fan of the wildlife documentary genre, I have been itching to create my own short wildlife video project ever since I started doing wildlife photography. That being said, and despite having some previous experience with videography and video editing, producing a high-quality wildlife video always seemed like a too difficult task for a single person with a non-existent budget and some pretty basic gear, and so I never pushed myself into trying it.

This perception changed, however, on my 30 day trip to the Andaman Islands, a tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean. My initial goal for

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The ‘Boring’ Hometown Photography Challenge


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If you feel like the place you live is boring and lacking in good photo spots, try doing a “Boring Hometown Photography Challenge.” That’s what photographer Wahid Fayumzadah discusses in this 11-minute video.

“Like many other photographers and maybe people in general, you might consider your own hometown to be a little bit boring,” Fayumzadah says. “Well, so do I. I always feel like, ‘Oh, I need to go to a big city, with big buildings and a busy nightlife, to take cool cityscape pictures.’”

Fayumzadah lives in the town of Westervoort in The Netherlands, a place with

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How to Shoot Pro Portraits on a Budget with Just One Flash


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Shooting professional-quality portraits with artificial lighting doesn’t have to weigh heavily on your bank account. Here’s a 22-minute video in which photographer Sean Tucker shares how to shoot great portraits using a single speedlight and a cheap modifier.

“You can absolutely be a natural-light-only photographer and that can be a legitimate creative choice — I know a lot of great natural light photographers,” Tucker says. “But I also there are a lot of photographers out there declaring themselves natural-light-only photographers, and it’s more because of a fear of ever wanting to touch strobes.

“Hopefully when I show you how simple

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How to Shoot Pro Portraits on a Budget with Just One Flash


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Shooting professional-quality portraits with artificial lighting doesn’t have to weigh heavily on your bank account. Here’s a 22-minute video in which photographer Sean Tucker shares how to shoot great portraits using a single speedlight and a cheap modifier.

“You can absolutely be a natural-light-only photographer and that can be a legitimate creative choice — I know a lot of great natural light photographers,” Tucker says. “But I also there are a lot of photographers out there declaring themselves natural-light-only photographers, and it’s more because of a fear of ever wanting to touch strobes.

“Hopefully when I show you how simple

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Slow-Shutter High-Speed Action Photography


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With so many ways to be creative in photography, I get really excited with many ideas for a photograph. One area I find very interesting is sports action photography, but with a twist. It’s great to capture that split-second moment and have that frame frozen, but I wanted to explore capturing the motion and freezing the action all in one go.

The 3-minute video above is of me using this technique with some karate students.

I have used the strobe effect/repeating flash in the past during a dance shoot, which also captures the movement but freezes the movement with each

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How I Manage My Data as a Pro Photographer


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When I first started in photography, there was no method to my data management madness. When shooting on location, I downloaded my cards onto my laptop and upon my return home I copied everything onto my computer. Every now and then I would make a backup on an external hard drive that I kept in my office.

Editor’s note: Marsel van Oosten is the reigning Wildlife Photographer of the Year and an ambassador for LaCie.

It obviously didn’t take long for my computer’s hard drive to fill up, so I moved everything to another external drive. The capacity of

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Using the Godox V1 to Shoot a Tribute to Henry Peach Robinson


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Father and son wedding photographers David and Luke Edmonson were recently commissioned by Godox to test its new V1 round-head flash. The duo decided to shoot this 9-minute video and a creative photo as a tribute to English photographer Henry Peach Robinson.

Robinson was a pictorialist who was best known for being a pioneer of combination printing, a technique that combined multiple negatives or prints to create a single photo — it was compositing before the days of digital imaging. His 1877 photo When the Day’s Work is Done was created using 6 separate negatives:

Inspired by Edmonson’s combination printing,

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I Built a Kilopixel Camera That Uses a Single Photoresistor for Portraits


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I’m Niklas Roy, and I recently built a kilopixel camera called The Flying Pixel Portrait Camera. It’s a do-it-yourself project that uses a single photoresistor and a video projector in order to capture portraits.

The Flying Pixel Portrait Camera uses a video beamer, a single photoresistor, an Arduino and a PC for taking photos of people’s faces. The beamer ‘scans’ the image by projecting a small white square onto a person’s face inside an otherwise completely dark chamber.

While the projected square slowly moves over the entire face, the photoresistor captures the reflected luminosities. This generates a proportional analog

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Capturing Rare Yosemite Moonbows in Real-Time Video


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As an astrophotographer, I had this dream of seeing the moonbow (AKA the lunar rainbow) one day in Yosemite, my favorite National Park in California. Every year, either water flow or cloud conditions prevented me from catching it. But this year, my dream came true.

The Sierra Nevada mountains received heavy snowpack this year that lead to some epic water flow in Yosemite Falls in the park. I took advantage of this scenario and got incredibly lucky on weather this time around when the skies cleared right on time to capture one of nature’s spectacular shows.

For the past 2

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My Journey in Photographing the Northern Lights


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In December 2014, I decided that I wanted to practice shooting the night sky in order to expand my photography skills. Of course, I made every possible mistake. My compositions were completely off, I severely underexposed or blew out the sky and the images were not sharp.

At the end of that month, I headed out again determined to fix all my mistakes. I had learned that in order to nail my compositions, it was wise to shoot a few seconds at highest possible ISO and use those exposures to adjust my comp. When I examined my first shot from

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Yes, The Huawei P30 Pro Can Shoot the Milky Way (and Even Meteors)


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My Huawei P30 Pro arrived at 4:30 pm on April 6th, and I knew the night sky in Mersing would be amazing for me to try out this low-light beast. I had read a lot of good reviews on P30 Pro, but I was still skeptical, so I booked a room at my regular resort on the same day and drove 3 hours to get there.

I arrived at midnight and waited patiently for 2.5 hours before I whipped out my P30 Pro and took a snapshot of my resort. Lo and behold! The Milky Way was visible!

Milky

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Shooting a Tourism Campaign in Kerala, India


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I’m on the bow of the boat, bag over my camera, when the rain falls. We’re drifting over Alleppey’s backwaters, fed by the Arabian Sea and 38 rivers from across Kerala, southern India. 900km of waterways connect to each other, irrigating rice paddy fields and forming a natural human ecosystem built by the hands of India’s people in kinship to the surrounding landscape. It is a testament to the power of human nature — to live in accordance with the land and its diverse inhabitants.

At age 17, I saved every dollar I had, drawn to India as a beginner

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6 Decisions to Making a Good Photo


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Today we are going to be shooting a photo that I have been wanting to do for a while now, but just haven’t made the time. There are these beautiful wildflowers that grow up on a hill near my house that I envisioned for this kite shot.

Here are 6 decisions that I need to make to take a great photo.

1. Sketch Your Ideas

I know that many people hear this a lot, but it’s crucial to put the right place for a shoot. I suggest you also carry around a sketchbook to draw the ideas that you get

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Rediscovering the Orotone


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The modern orotone can be created in a number of ways, the most popular using a coating of liquid emulsion on a glass plate with a gelatine base. This method produces some excellent results with a minimum of effort.

Embush’s Gate. 4×5 glass plate orotone, Ilford FP4, 2 sec, f16. Peter O’Donnell, 2018

Rollei produces an excellent product and an equally comprehensive set of instructions.

Rollei Black Magic is a light-sensitive silver. It can be spread on the most surfaces.

I went about it a little differently…

When it comes to learning a new process, I can be a bit

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Shooting a Milky Way Moonrise from an Airplane Seat


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A couple of weeks ago I was blessed with a sight that truly left me in a state of awe. Shortly after leveling off onboard United 534 from Honolulu to Los Angeles, I tried my luck with some astrophotography over the crisp Pacific Ocean skies.

Having had some experience with these types of images in the past, I frantically began setting up. I mounted onto my window a LensSkirt lens hood (basically a black cover that blocks out reflections) and began taking a series of images. Unfortunately for me, the Boeing 777 was going through a light area of turbulence,

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